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EATG seeks to ensure that Europe-wide standards of up-to-date scientific evidence limit overly broad HIV criminalisation

October 28, 2013

EATG’s new position paper on prosecutions for HIV non-disclosure, exposure and/or transmission published last week recommends that the criminal law should only be used in extremely rare and unusual cases where HIV is maliciously and intentionally transmitted and that Europe-wide … More

Video toolkit: How to advocate for prosecutorial guidelines

May 30, 2013

New guidance from UNAIDS to limit the overly broad use of criminal laws to regulate and punish people living with HIV who are accused of HIV non-disclosure, exposure and/or transmission, recommends that: Countries should develop and implement prosecutorial and police … More

UK: Updated guidance on HIV transmission, the law and the work of the clinical team now published

February 11, 2013

The British HIV Association (BHIVA) and the British Association for Sexual Health and HIV (BASHH) have produced updated guidance on HIV Transmission, the Law and the Work of the Clinical Team. This guidance is aimed at those working in the field … More

Video: Seminar on HIV Criminalisation, Berlin, 20 September 2012 (EATG/DAH/IPPF/HIV in Europe)

October 23, 2012

This international conference on the criminalisation of HIV non-disclosure, potential or perceived HIV exposure and non-intentional HIV transmission took place at the Rotes Rathaus in Berlin on 20th September 2012. HIV advocates, law and human rights experts and other concerned … More

Scotland: New guidance on prosecutions clarifies law, recognises treatment’s impact on infectiousness

May 2, 2012

On May 1st, the Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service (COPFS) published their Guidance for Scotland on ‘Intentional or Reckless Sexual Transmission, or Exposure to, Infection’. According to COPFS, the policy aims to “provide guidance to prosecutors but also provide … More

UK: The scandal of Scottish HIV exposure prosecutions (updated)

June 29, 2010

Update: June 29 2010 Mark Deveraux’s appeal against the length of his sentence has been successful and he will now serve eight years in prison, rather than the ten years passed down in February. BBC news online reports At the … More

UK: Scotsman pleads guilty to UK’s first-ever charges for HIV exposure

January 20, 2010

A 41 year-old man from Scotland has pleaded guilty to four charges of culpable and reckless conduct after being accused of not disclosing his HIV status to four women between 2003 and 2008, only one of whom became HIV-positive. Although … More

UK: Scottish man accused of criminal HIV transmission; sensationalist reporting

March 30, 2008

I am incensed and outraged that journalist Charles Lavery (c.lavery@sundaymail.co.uk) has written, and the (Scottish) Sunday Mail has published, the article below. It features an interview from a complainant in an ongoing criminal HIV transmission investigation which names the man … More

HIV crimes – lawyers’ views

September 19, 2006

HIV crimes – lawyers’ views BBC News – September 19, 2006Michelle Roberts, Health reporter Two lawyers who have defended men accused of recklessly transmitting HIV share their views and experience regarding HIV prosecutions. Kharrim Arif, a solicitor in London, was … More

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